By London correspondent Tony Hughes
West Ham have tabled an £11.4million offer for Argentine playmaker Roberto Pereyra, according to a report.
Italian paper Tuttosport claim Slaven Bilic’s side have made a formal move for the Juventus star after keeping close tabs on him in recent months.
Pereyra struggled to get first team opportunities at the Series A champions in the recently completed domestic season and they are now said to be willing to listen to offers.
Injuries and non-selection led to him appearing just 16 times in all competitions, but Bilic is keen to strengthen in the attacking midfield positions.
Pereyra plays in the same position as West Ham star man Dimitri Payet, who had an outstanding debut campaign for the Hammers following his transfer from Marseille last summer.
Payet was on the six-man shortlist for the PFA player of the year prize and signed a new five-year contract midway through the campaign that made him the highest paid player in West Ham’s history.
Argentina international Pereyra, 25, joined Juventus on a permanent deal last summer after impressing on a season-long loan from Udinese in the 2014-15 campaign.
Juventus paid £10.5million for the attacking midfielder, who was integral player as they came close to securing a stunning treble 12 months ago.
The Argentine is under contract with Italy’s biggest club until 2020.
In other West Ham news, co-owner David Gold has made a bold claim about the club’s pursuit of a £30million striker.